Boomkat Product Review:
Monolake's Robert Henke has already dipped his toes twice into more drone-based sound environments, once on 1994's "Piercing Music" and then again on 1997's "Floating Point" - both for his own Basic Channel affiliated Imbalance imprint. This latest effort, "Signal To Noise", spreads itself across three long and deeply absorbing digital drone pieces, largely inspired by a vist to the Joshua Tree national park in California earlier this year. Those of you looking for the post-techno machinations of his inspired Monolake project will wonder at the connection between his percussive output and these stripped down pieces, but the answer resides within the carefully destroyed and processed timbres that make up "Signal to Noise". Henke is a master of scene-setting, within the restraints of the drone-based pieces you start to sense he's pushing his sonic vocabulary further than before, away from the unique, though instantly recognisable, metalic beats of his Monolake alter ego he's found a breathless and slowly evolving musical vocabulary that takes it's time, reflecting on the scenery at hand in slow motion. If you found yourself left in awe at the dense hum created by the magnificent Deathprod, this album will send you off into that other-worldly dimension once again. Highly recommended.